If your company uses a hydraulic cylinder and it is having problems, you do not have to spend the money to replace it. Instead, you have different options. Below is more information about common problems you can have with hydraulic cylinders, as well as tips on if you should get it repaired or rebuilt.
Things to Consider
Before you have the hydraulic cylinder repaired or rebuilt you need to consider some things. You may be considering replacing the hydraulic cylinder with a new one. If so, consider the cost and if a new cylinder will be available to you quickly.
You also must consider the downtime and the cost to repair your cylinder. It will generally take much longer to rebuild the hydraulic cylinder than to repair it, depending on what is wrong with it.
Common Hydraulic Cylinder Problems
A common problem you see with hydraulic cylinders is the piston seal. It may be missing or deteriorated. If so, piston seals easy to replace. You should still have the hydraulic cylinder serviced in a case like this, however, just in case you also need to replace the barrel.
Inspect the rod for any cracks on the surface. The rod is generally made of chrome. If so, the chrome should be shiny all around it. If you notice that any parts of the rod look dull, then the rod is likely bent. In a case like this, you would need to replace the rod.
The barrel should also be inspected. Look for any kind if indentations or scratches. If you see any of these things the barrel will not work as well, and this will then cause the piston seal to not work correctly.
Repaired or Rebuilt?
If your hydraulic cylinder has only one or two of these or other problems, then you may be able to get it repaired. If the cylinder has several of these problems, it will be costly to get it repaired. Even if repaired it may not last as long. Instead, you should consider having the cylinder rebuilt. When finished, the hydraulic cylinder will be like brand new, and you can expect it to last many years.
During the hydraulic cylinder rebuild process, the technician will disassemble the cylinder and inspect all parts inside of it. Everything that needs to be repaired will be replaced with new parts. For example, all pistons and piston seals may be replaced.
When getting your hydraulic cylinder rebuilt, make sure you hire a qualified technician to do this for you. Ask them about their experience. They should be able to tell you they have done many rebuilds in the past.
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